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Striving for Excellence, One Amazing and Surprising Example

I watched an excellent documentary about the making of Peter Gabriel’s Album “So” on Amazon Prime Video the other day. The film is called “Peter Gabriel: So” which included interviews of Peter, the artists who performed on the album, and the engineers and producers about their experiences making one of the great albums of our time (in my opinion).

What struck me as I watched, was Peter Gabriel’s almost obsessive attention to detail and the desire to create the perfect recording. It took over a year to record, mix, and produce the Album.

Here are examples of how Peter strived for excellence:

  • He searched and assembled a world-class team who he trusted and relied on for input
  • He was obsessed with achieving what he termed “sonic innovation”
  • He made sure that the songs told stories that moved the audience and made them feel
  • Some portions of the Album were recorded over and over to achieve his vision of perfection
  • For example, the single...
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Has It Really Been 47 Years? What I Learned from Becoming an Eagle Scout

personal development Sep 25, 2018

Yesterday was a very special day: it’s the 47th anniversary of my becoming an Eagle Scout! 

I didn’t remember this milestone but I received an email yesterday from the National Eagle Scout Association marking the day with the subject, “Happy Eagle Anniversary!”.

As I read through that email the memories of that day and my journey to become an Eagle Scout flooded my memory. I started to reflect on what this meant to me and what I learned from this experience.

That was a very long time ago and it took me several years to finally achieve that significant milestone. Here are some of the lessons I learned along the way:

#1. Any significant accomplishment starts when you take the first step.

I started this journey when I was 8 years old. Throughout the six years, it took to become an Eagle Scout, I would have never achieved this milestone if I had not taken that first step. Remember, you can’t finish something if you don’t start. Take that...

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3 of My Favorite Marketing Books – Have You Read Any of These?

personal development Jul 26, 2018

I love this quote from Stephen King, “Good books don't give up all their secrets at once.” I reread and study some of my favorite books which continue to tell me their secrets.

When I started focusing my business on helping others clarify their marketing books became some of my best friends. They spoke to me in ways mere humans could not, they were a constant companion when traveling, they were there in hotel rooms and while waiting for my flights.

These are some of my favorites – so whether you’re looking for a fresh source of inspiration, education, or just plain entertainment, consider checking these out. There are tons of great titles out there, but these have been really meaningful to me.

Book 1: Beyond Bullet Points: Using PowerPoint to tell a compelling story that gets results by Cliff Atkinson

Communications expert Cliff Atkinson shows how to apply classic storytelling tenets and practical, research-based guidelines as you work with Microsoft...

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